[Pembroke album of chiaroscuro woodcut prints]

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On spine: Cut in wood, the 5. chie masters, vol. VIII
Prints depict biblical and mythological scenes utilizing the chiaroscuro woodcut technique, typically printed from 3 or more separately colored wood blocks. Includes the original leather binding and pages; this is housed in the Prints and Photographs Division Supplemental Archive.
  • Albums--1680-1740.
  • Chiaroscuro woodcuts--Color--1500-1680.
  • 90 prints and 1 drawing (1 album) ; 46.5 x 40.5 cm (album cover)
Andreani, Andrea, ca. 1560-1623 , artist
  • Arrangement: Organized into 1 album (scrap book); Arrangement: arranged by compiler, possibly Hugh Howard, 1675-1737, or Thomas Herbert or Henry Herbert, 8th and 9th Earls of Pembroke. The album has been disbound, the prints individually matted and filed by artist in the Fine Print (FP) filing series.
  • Title devised by Library staff.
  • Inscribed at head of contents page: Vol. viii - the 5 chief who cut in wood, & only after great Italian painters, all that they did both single & as intire [sic] books.
  • Inscribed in ink: Vol 8th 32 double prints taken out - 1773.
  • Library conservators removed the prints from the album in the 1980s and matted the prints and drawing individually to aid their preservation. Each work is described in separate catalog records, accessible through the call number "Pembroke Album."
  • Known, "attributed to" and "after" artists include: Andrea Andreani, Domenico Beccafumi, Girolamo Bolsi, Ugo da Carpi, Bartolomeo Coriolano, Alessandro Gandini, Jacopo Ligozzi, Andrea Michieli, Parmigianino, Giovanni Francesco Penni, Caravaggio, Raffaellino, Raphael, Guido Reni, Giulio Romano, Antonio da Trento, and Giuseppe Niccolo Vicentino.
  • Engravings in chiaroscuro, item 148; purchase; Maggs Brothers; 1918 June.
  • The Pembroke Album is a collection of 91 images, primarily chiaroscuro woodcuts by Italian printmakers active in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. English collectors Philip and Thomas Herbert, the 5th and 8th Earls of Pembroke, acquired these 90 prints and 1 drawing, later including them in their sixteen-volume compendium, which was assembled between around 1683 and 1733 and is also known as the Wilton collection. The images were removed from the album, but the blank pages are useful for indicating where each print appeared. The sales catalog in 1918 described the album as "a large folio scrap book, bound in old english red morocco gilt."
  • A checklist of each print and an overview of the album is available online at http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/coll/611_pembroke.html
  • Published in: Graphic sampler / compiled by Renata V. Shaw, Prints and Photographs Division. "The 'Pembroke' album of chiaroscuros by Alan M. Fern and Karen F. Beall." Washington : Library of Congress, 1979, pp. 10-28.


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